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"One thing has always been true: That book ... or ... that person who can give me an idea or a new slant on an old idea is my friend." - Louis L'Amour

"Providing a first step on a path to self-reflection." - C. E. James

"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider..." - Francis Bacon

"What is true today may be reevaluated as false not long after. Judgements are frequently based upon a set of "temporary" circumstances surrounding them. Conflicting ideologies can exist simultaneously. Antagonistic dualities are complementary aspects of a unified whole: are seen as mutually dependent mirror images of each other." - Nahum Stiskin

Warning, Caveat and Note: The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books.

Note: I will endevor to provide a bibliography and italicize any direct quotes from the materials I use for this blog. If there are mistakes, errors, and/or omissions, I take full responsibility for them as they are mine and mine alone. If you find any mistakes, errors, and/or omissions please comment and let me know along with the correct information and/or sources.

Kenpo Gokui

The lines of the ken-po goku-i are set from an atomistic aspect simply because it is the manner in which the brain learns. Its nature is completely holistic and like the I Ching must be in a form that promotes learning and understanding so a person can see, hear and grasp the nature of a holistic system. The gokui is a method to teach us how to be holistic. Its terseness is the best that can be done to convey its holistic meaning.

A person's heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while the blood circulating is similar to the Sun and Moon yet the manner of drinking and spitting is either soft or hard while a person's unbalance is the same as a weight and the body should be able to change direction at any time as the time to strike is when the opportunity presents itself and both the eyes must see all sides as the ears must listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction.

A person’s heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while circulatory system is similar to the cycles of the moon and sun yet the breathing methods are either hard or soft while one’s posture should allow one to advance, retreat, engage, and disengage as the body should be able to act in accordance with time and change so that one must enter a state of emptiness (mushin/zanshin) allowing the eyes must see all sides and the ears should listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction. - My rendition per translation from Andy Sloane Sensei.

Master Zeng said, "Am I preaching what I have not practiced myself?"

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Buddha and Me-gami

Notice the representation of the Isshinryu-no-megami to the right of this page. Take notice in particular to the hands. One is raised in a closed fist while the other is down and open.

If you look at one of the many Yin-Yang emblems the postion of the hands will be in the approximate location of the dots, i.e. the white dot in the black half "yin" and the black dot in the white half "yang".

The open palm, megami left hand, of the Buddha represents the extended, the infinite. The closed fist, megami right hand, represents only itself.

Let us take some liberties with this in the following narrative:

In the me-gami the right hand is closed to represent the hard aspects of the style.

The open palm tells us that our training is not simply a goal to achieve but a life long endeavor that is never over. You can say that training is infinite in nature. Training and practice can take us all the way to a transitional point which brings the Tao.

The closed fist represents itself which might suggest that we can lose our path if we remain in ego, a closed mind, which is a trap that the ego puts in front of us and our bodies to lead us astray. If we close our minds to all the possibilities in life and through practice/training then we close ourselves to the possibilities that are afforded on the journey to enlightenment.

The open hand and closed fist represent duality, i.e. yin-yang (in-yo in Japanese). Dualism of nature as we live to become "one" or one with the Tao. All things begin with one.

The open hand reminds us continually that we must remain open while the closed fist also reminds us that the result of a closed mind in tantamount to being hit in the face with that same fist.

Don't just reach for the moon, let your reach extend to the stars and beyond. If the vastness of the Universe is nothing of significance then we are surrounded by empty space; what a waste. Think of it as the "void" which is represented by the circle that is symmetrical reality which points to all points of life; all points of life which are equal distance from the center which represents the "one", the Tao.

Tatsuo Sensei and his friends were very wise indeed when they caused the megami to be...much like his creation of Isshinryu. Even if by accident the connections through out the style and its gokui are quite interesting; don't ya think?

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